Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences took first place at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to claim the 2017 FIM Endurance World Cup for the best-placed Superstock entry.  

MotoGP: back to Europe

While the first three races of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship took place ‘overseas’, round four brings the teams back to Europe for this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez, Spain.

2017 Dakar Rally: Michelin’s 34th Dakar victory on two wheels

The first Dakar victory of British biker Sam Sunderland (KTM Factory Team-Michelin) notched up Michelin’s 34th success on the famous cross-country rally.

 

The menu of the 2017 Dakar Rally featured a route of some 9,000 kilometres from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Almost half that distance was against the clock and included a marathon leg, the usual cocktail of dunes, dust, rocky ground and mud, plus altitudes of more than 4,000 metres. Appalling weather led to the cancellation of two competitive sections.

Sunderland had never previously completed the rally, but this time he kept his cool to become the first ever Briton to take the win. The KTM -Michelin rider climbed from fourth overall in Resistancia, to third in San Miguel de Tucuman, then second in San Salvador de Jujuy before eventually taking control after Leg 5 as the field arrived in Oruro, Bolivia. In sparkling form over the region’s Altiplano, he also showed a level of consistency that even his most experienced rivals were unable to match. Sunderland’s victory is the latest in a long list for KTM-Michelin which has dominated the event since 2001.

Last year’s victor Toby Price (KTM-Michelin) was side-lined after suffering a femur fracture on Day 4’s run from San Salvador to Tupiza. The same leg saw all the factory Honda-Michelin take a one-hour penalty for refuelling during the short break at the Argentine/Bolivian border. After that, Sunderland was able to manage his lead thanks to some skilled navigation and by staying out of trouble over the event’s more hazardous sections.

Matthias Walkner (KTM-Michelin) reached the finish for the first time at his third attempt to secure second place, while Gérard Farres (KTM-Michelin) made it an all-KTM-Michelin top three. But only just, since Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) finished a mere 48 seconds short of the podium!

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MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

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Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

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MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

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MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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